For my son’s birth, I wanted to make sure that he would have something to look back on years later to see what we went through that day. I will never forget staging our bags by the door, our family arriving at the hospital, the pain my wife went through after 25 hours of contractions, the relief she felt after the epidural, and the rest she was able to get and needed before the final 3 hours of pushing. I will never forget taking the first picture of my son, the first time he wrapped his little hand around my finger, the first time I looked at my wife and my child together, and the wonderment of holding him for the first time. My son.
At 18 months old, my son (“The Understudy”), has been on 14 flights; 9 of those flights were solo with me, his father. In every airport, at every gate, and on every plane, I have seen the fear in the eyes of the child-free adults. This is their worst nightmare.
As part of a week-long tribute to dads leading up to Father’s Day, NBC’s the TODAY Show followed three stay-at-home dads around for an entire day to capture “a day in the life.” They chose two of our fellow dad bloggers, Chris Bernholdt from DadNCharge and Mike Heenan from At-Home Dad Matters. I was fortunate enough to be chosen from Just a Dad 247, which meant at the age of one, The Understudy, would have his debut on national tv. (It was my debut as well, but let’s be honest, the kid is the star power.)
The Understudy warms up for his TODAY Show debut by watching the TODAY Show with the TODAY Show producer
The producer and the cameraman showed up at 5:30am to ensure they got The Understudy waking up.
Everywhere we went, we were followed by the camera with a live microphone. The Understudy was skeptical of the camera at first, but warmed up to it eventually. I found the whole thing exciting, but I gotta admit, it’s a bit awkward going to your gym with a camera crew taping you walk in, go to the kid play area to drop off the kid, follow you through the entire gym and then ultimately tape you exercising on an elliptical.
I told The Wife that part and she said everyone there probably thought I was on some new weight loss reality show. That was a fat joke. Real funny. Continue reading →
As an at-home parent, I witness the development process firsthand. Milestones happen every day. Some happen to suck.
When I ask my son, “The Understudy”, to do something he doesn’t want to do, he walks away quickly. Today he made his first real decision and he vocalized it. As his father, it is my duty to make sure he knows that I will always have the upper hand. I am proud of the defiant little monster that he became today.
Everyone told me that one of the biggest kicks I would get out of having a kid was documenting their reactions to new foods. I have a tendancy to be a bit compulsive (is that possible?) and videoed every single new food that The Understudy ate. Every time the result was the same; no reaction, no funny face. Peas, avocados, sweet potatoes, zucchini… nothing.
I was certain that I would put together a greatest-hits video and be instantly famous. And every time, The Understudy looked at me as if to say, “Is that it? That all you got? Am I here to amuse you?”
Then, I decided to up my game. I got my phone ready, I convinced The Wife that he wouldn’t be harmed in the making of the video, and with a grin on my face and a hint of victory in my eyes, I gave The Understudy a lemon. A LEMON! Why didn’t I think of this before!?! Victory was sure to be mine.
Then, he ate two slices of Lemon and made the sign for more.